Many cancer types are treated with chemotherapy using fluoropyrimidine including:
Other cancers also receive this treatment:
Chemotherapy may be given through a tube placed in a vein as an intravenous (IV) medication or with a pill taken by mouth. The IV form, 5-fluorouracil, is given either continuously over days or as one dose over minutes. The pill, capecitabine, may be taken twice a day.
Topical 5FU (cream) used to treat skin cancer is not associated with heart damage.